June 20, 2018
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Three indicted on charges police say are related to Lincoln-area burglary ring

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A grand jury indicted a woman and two men on criminal mischief or burglary charges Wednesday for alleged crimes that police believe are part of at least 35 break-ins in the Lincoln Lakes and Katahdin regions since July, officials said.

Matthew J. Anderson, 24, of Mattawamkeag was charged with aggravated criminal mischief.

Jacey Searles, 20, of Kingman was charged with receiving stolen property, aggravated criminal mischief and two counts each of burglary, criminal mischief and theft by unauthorized taking.

Brandon R. Tolman, 24, of Lincoln was charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, two counts of aggravated criminal mischief, four counts each of burglary and five counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

“The cases are still under investigation and I expect there will be additional indictments involving others,” Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Wednesday.

The indictments, Almy said, link the three to several thousand dollars in damage done during an attempt to break into an ATM at the Lincoln Federal Credit Union on Route 6 in Lee sometime overnight on July 28.

The indictment also charges Searles with driving the two suspects to the credit union that night, Almy said.

The indictments also charge the three with stealing money, mostly coins, from Motorbrain Consulting Co. and nearby High Performance Hair Salon on Main Street in Lincoln on the night of July 23, Almy said.

As part of that crime, Tolman, Searles and another, unidentified suspect are charged with taking the stolen coins and cashing them in at Bangor Savings Bank in Bangor, Almy said.

Tolman and Searles are indicted on charges they burglarized Winn Service Center and vandalized and stole money from a vending machine at Winn Equipment Co. both on the night of July 31, 2013, Almy said.

Blood found by state police Trooper Larry Anderson at a motor vehicle break-in in Lee on May 2, 2010, also led to Tolman being indicted in that incident, Almy said.

Almy declined to say whether the indictments of the three suspects Wednesday resulted from the arrest of Steve Springer, 28, of Mattawamkeag on Saturday.

Springer was charged with two counts of burglary and a single count of burglary to a motor vehicle after police caught him fleeing the scene of three burglaries on or near Route 2 early Saturday. His was the first arrest of a person suspected of participating in the burglary ring.

Almy said more indictments against others might occur when the grand jury meets again on Nov. 27.

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